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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope mission: Live updates
By Space.com Staff published 16 days ago
(Image: © NASA)
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the agency’s successor to the famous Hubble telescope, launched on Dec. 25, 2021 on a mission to study the earliest stars and peer back farther into the universe’s past than ever before.
Webb is currently at its observing spot, Lagrange point 2 (L2), nearly 1 million miles (1.6 million km). It is the largest and most powerful space telescope ever launched.
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WEBB SUFFERS FIRST MICROMETEOROID IMPACTS
The James Webb Space Telescope has suffered its first few micrometeoroid impacts, according to a NASA statement. The observatory has experienced four small impacts as well as one larger strike that hit one of the 18 primary mirror segments. However, the agency said that it does not expect meaningful changes to the timeline for first science-quality images from the mission or to the observatory’s overall scientific legacy. Read more>